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Poor Leadership vs Great Leadership

June 26, 2015 © Kramii (filed under Leadership)

Some of the differences between poor leadership and great leadership.

Ancient writings can give us a lot of insight into the differences between poor leaders and great leaders. The Bible, for example, contrasts the poor leadership of the pharisees with the great leadership of Jesus and his followers.

Jesus and the Pharisees: Great Leavership vs Poor Leadership

The table below is losely based on this contrast:

The Poor Leader The Great Leader
Needs to feel superior to others Seeks growth through personal humility 1
Derives status from good connections 2 Derives authority from good character 3
Is concerned with external appearances 4 Is concerned with internal realities 5
Is fearful that their mistakes will be discovered 4 Is honest about their failings 7
Avoids being seen with the wrong kind of people 8 Sees value in everyone 9
Makes a show of self-denial 10 Enjoys life to the full 11
Thinks they’re better than other people 10 Recognizes that we all share the same struggles 13
Treats rules as more important than people 14 Treats people as more important than anything 15
Lives by the rules 16 Lives by convictions
Imposes rules on others 16 Frees others from their limitations 18
Is threatened by the success of others 19 Celebrates the success of others 20
Assumes the worst of people 21 Sees the best in people
Speaks ill of good people 21 Speaks well of others
Understands right behaviour is defined by tradition 23 Understands right behaviour is what benefits people
Resists change 23 Embraces beneficial change 25
Neglects family 23 Takes care of family 27
Focuses on resources 28 Focuses on production
Is easily offended 28 Is not daunted by the opinion of others
Is unaware of their ignorance 28 Knows that they have a lot to learn
Has a damaging influence 31 Has a healing influence 32
Wants people to be just like them 31 Helps others to make the best of their potential
Asks questions to catch people out 34 Asks questions to help people think for themselves
Is quick to point the finger 35 Encourages despite their failings 36
Lives a life based on rules 35 Lives a life based on healthy relationships
Is fearful of emotions – their own and those of others 38 Lives a life of passion 39
Talks a good talk 40 Walks a good walk
Makes it hard for others to be successful 40 Encourages success in others
Seeks high positions 40 Seeks to influence others to their benefit
Is keen to impress 40 Is keen to make a difference
Seeks status 40 Looks for ways to serve 45
Knows-it-alls 40 Is too busy living to show off
Defines a standard 40 Sets an example 48
Teaches a pipe-dream 40 Shares an experience
Points the way 40 Demonstrates the way 51
Watches people get weary and sick and tired 40 Helps people to recharge their batteries 53
Keeps up appearances 40 Isn’t out to impress 55
Is a consumer 40 Is a producer
Builds their importance on the productivity of others 40 Sees the importance of helping others to build productive lives
Seeks status 58 Values the contribution of others
Enjoys positions of honor 58 Sees others as fellow travelers
Like titles 58 Eschews titles
Want public recognition 58 Gives honor to others
Is self-important 58 Is humble
Is ineffective 63 Is effective
Reduces the effectiveness of others 63 Promotes effectiveness in others
Wears a mask of respectability 63 Is authentic 66
Acts a part 63 Is genuine
Insists that people emulate their way of life 68 Encourages others to be the best that they can be
Applies rules selectively, but is unaware of their own inconsistencies 68 Applies principles consistently
Insists on the letter of the law 70 Allows for people’s mistakes
Quibbles over minor matters 70 Focuses on the bigger issues
Nit-picks the presentation 70 Majors on the meaning
Is hard on self and others 70 Is kind to self and others
Focus on appearances 74 Focuses on character 75
Desires more for self 74 Wants more for everyone
Has a scarcity mentality 74 Has an abundance mentality 78
Pays lip-service to heroes 79 Seeks to emulate heroes
Is quick to say what they would have done better 79 Is keen to demonstrate a better way
Sucks the life out of others 81 Gives life to others
Dismisses visionaries 82 Is a visionary
Rejects innovation 82 Stimulate innovation
Refuses to learn 82 Is a life-long learners 85

Acknowledgements

Show 85 footnotes

  1. Luke 2:52
  2. Matthew 3:9
  3. Matthew 7:29
  4. Matthew 5:20
  5. John 14:27
  6. Matthew 5:20
  7. James 5:15
  8. Matthew 9:11
  9. Mark 2:17
  10. Matthew 9:14
  11. John 10:10
  12. Matthew 9:14
  13. Hebrews 4:15
  14. Matthew 12:2
  15. John 3:16
  16. Matthew 12:9-16
  17. Matthew 12:9-16
  18. Mark 10:52
  19. Matthew 12:14
  20. Matthew 25:23
  21. Matthew 12:24
  22. Matthew 12:24
  23. Matthew 15:1-9
  24. Matthew 15:1-9
  25. Matthew 5:17
  26. Matthew 15:1-9
  27. 1 Timothy 3:4
  28. Matthew 15:12-14
  29. Matthew 15:12-14
  30. Matthew 15:12-14
  31. Matthew 16:6-12
  32. Matthew 8:1-4
  33. Matthew 16:6-12
  34. Matthew 19:3
  35. Matthew 15:8
  36. John 3:17
  37. Matthew 15:8
  38. Matthew 21:15-16
  39. John 11:35
  40. Matthew 23:3-5
  41. Matthew 23:3-5
  42. Matthew 23:3-5
  43. Matthew 23:3-5
  44. Matthew 23:3-5
  45. Matthew 20:28
  46. Matthew 23:3-5
  47. Matthew 23:3-5
  48. 1 Corinthians 11:1
  49. Matthew 23:3-5
  50. Matthew 23:3-5
  51. John 14:6
  52. Matthew 23:3-5
  53. Matthew 11:29
  54. Matthew 23:3-5
  55. Mark 18:18
  56. Matthew 23:3-5
  57. Matthew 23:3-5
  58. Matthew 23:6-7
  59. Matthew 23:6-7
  60. Matthew 23:6-7
  61. Matthew 23:6-7
  62. Matthew 23:6-7
  63. Matthew 23:13-15
  64. Matthew 23:13-15
  65. Matthew 23:13-15
  66. John 1:14
  67. Matthew 23:13-15
  68. Matthew 23:15
  69. Matthew 23:15
  70. Matthew 23:23
  71. Matthew 23:23
  72. Matthew 23:23
  73. Matthew 23:23
  74. Matthew 23:25-27
  75. Galatians 5:22-23
  76. Matthew 23:25-27
  77. Matthew 23:25-27
  78. Psalm 50:10
  79. Matthew 23:29
  80. Matthew 23:29
  81. Matthew 23:33
  82. Matthew 23:34
  83. Matthew 23:34
  84. Matthew 23:34
  85. Heb rews 5:8

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